ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Kirk Cousins, NFC top AFC at first-ever 'Pro Bowl Games'

Cousins threw three touchdown passes, besting Derek Carr's two for the AFC in likely his last appearance in Las Vegas as a member of the Raiders.

NFL: Pro Bowl-AFC at NFC
NFC quarterback Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings throws the balls against AFC defensive end Maxx Crosby of the Las Vegas Raiders during game three of the 2023 Pro Bowl Games on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada.
Lucas Peltier / USA Today Sports

Kirk Cousins connected with George Kittle on a 12-yard touchdown pass and scrambled away from a blitz to hit Minnesota Vikings teammate Justin Jefferson on the one-point conversion to lift the NFC to a victory over the AFC in the inaugural Pro Bowl Games on Sunday in Las Vegas.

The NFC beat the AFC 27-21 in the final tally, which awarded points for three short flag football games and a host of skills events that ranged from "Best Catch" to "Kick-Tac-Toe."

The NFC, which trailed 9-3 after Thursday's slate of skills competitions, tied the score at 21 entering the final flag football game. Cousins threw three touchdown passes, besting Derek Carr's two for the AFC in likely his last appearance in Las Vegas as a member of the Raiders. The NFC won the decisive game 35-33 after Carr found Dawson Knox for a late touchdown but the AFC failed to convert a two-point attempt.

Eli Manning coached the NFC team and Peyton Manning did the same for the AFC. The brothers' production company was also responsible for "reimagining" the all-star exhibition that had drawn criticism over the years for its lackluster showings as players did not want to risk injury.

MORE MINNESOTA VIKINGS COVERAGE:
Pro
Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Augustana in Sioux Falls, Ham has played in 96 games with the Vikings. The Duluth native also has become a fan favorite.
Pro
Both were with the Los Angeles Rams when Kevin O’Connell was the team’s offensive coordinator
Pro
Detroit Lakes product gets three-year deal with Panthers, according to reports
Pro
Minnesota also signs Dean Lowry away from Packers on 2-year, $8.5 million deal
Pro
Minnesota also reached an agreement on a 1-year contract with reserve center Schlottman
Pro
Minnesota got under the NFL salary cap but that doesn’t means they’re done trimming salaries.
Pro
Joseph will return for a third Minnesota season after making 26 of 33 field-goal attempts and 40 of 46 extra points
Pro
But while Cousins is under contract for 2023, the sides did not reach any deal on an extension beyond then.
Pro
A source said Oliver's deal is a three-year, $21 million contract with $10.75 million guaranteed.
Pro
Peterson played with Arizona from 2011-20, and made eight Pro Bowls. He joined the Vikings in 2021 on a one-year, $8 million deal before re-signing with them last March.

Ironically, the format change -- featuring 7-on-7 games that followed standard flag football rules -- did not prevent injuries for all. Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett reportedly suffered a dislocated toe during one of the flag contests.

ADVERTISEMENT

Tyler Huntley -- the Baltimore Ravens' backup quarterback, in the game as a reserve -- threw four touchdowns in the first game, two to Baltimore teammate Mark Andrews, but Geno Smith of the Seattle Seahawks beat that with five touchdowns as the NFC won the first flag game 33-27.

Stefon Diggs, who also lost the "Best Catch" final to Detroit Lions wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown, caught the go-ahead touchdown for the AFC to ultimately win the second flag game 18-13.

______________________________________________________

This story was written by one of our partner news agencies. Forum Communications Company uses content from agencies such as Reuters, Kaiser Health News, Tribune News Service and others to provide a wider range of news to our readers. Learn more about the news services FCC uses here.

What To Read Next
Pro
Pro
Pro
Get Local

ADVERTISEMENT